Himanshu Mittal was driving his BMW on the wrong side of the road when he was stopped
A 29-year-old man has been arrested for slapping and punching a traffic police constable in Punjab. The cop stopped Himanshu Mittal from driving his BMW on the wrong side of the road. A bystander filmed Mr Mittal attacking Om Prakash in Patiala on Tuesday. A clip of the violent encounter quickly went viral on social media.
Constable Prakash spotted Mr Mittal's luxury sedan driving on the wrong side of the road in Patiala's Khanda Chowk. When he stopped the car and demanded to see Mr Mittal's licence and other documents, the matter quickly escalated. Initially, Mr Mittal argued with the constable but then got out of his car and slapped him.
Mr Mittal can be seen on camera both verbally and physically abusing the constable. He slaps, punches and tugs at his uniform at various points in the nearly two-minute long viral video.
Constable Prakash too retaliates as tempers fly. At one point, he can be seen trying to kick Mr Mittal. However, bystanders and other police officers quickly step in to separate the two men.
Mr Mittal has now been booked under the non-bailable offences of obstructing a public servant and assaulting a public servant. On Wednesday, he was sent to 14 days police remand. Constable Prakash was not badly injured in the assault.
Police say Mr Mittal had neither his licence nor the car's registration documents on him when he was stopped.
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